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Md. school principal pleads guilty to $2M fraud

Baltimore public school officials say they have accepted the resignation of a high school principal who pleaded guilty in Georgia to stealing nearly $2 million in federal children’s nutrition funds.

Officials said in a statement Thursday that the system had accepted the resignation of 38-year-old Antonio Hurt, principal of Frederick Douglass High School.

Federal prosecutors say Hurt pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing the funds while he was CEO of a chain of day-care centers in and around Atlanta.

According to authorities, Hurt arranged for the centers to participate in the Child and Adult Food Program. The federal program partially reimburses day care centers for serving breakfast and lunch to children from low-income families.

Prosecutors say Hurt used the money to expand his daycare business, lease luxury cars and buy jewelry.